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Full Time Staff

Jonle Sedar strives to organize programs which go above and beyond expectations.  She is passionate about offering study abroad which is supportive of teachers, professors and anyone else interested in providing the amazing opportunity to others by bringing student groups.  The end goal is a life changing immersion  experience which includes sharing language and culture along with post-program  results achieving a greater realization that we are all global citizens.


Arelys:  growing up in the pristine mountains bordering the majestic cloud forest reserves, Arelys Brenes’ first international experience was in Brasil as an exchange student.  That started what has been a lifelong interest in other languages and cultures and has transitioned into a sincere desire in helping others enjoy her country of Costa Rica.   Arelys’ support is key to the successful on-site implementation of group itineraries, leading to the complete satisfaction of professors and group participants, alike.   In her free time Arelys enjoys spending time with her husband  & son as well as attending to her organic rose garden.

Summer Support Team

Jorge Chavarria Zamora: is from Monteverde, Costa Rica. He has had extensive experience in various sectors of the tourism industry in Costa Rica after studying in the National Institute of Learning in Costa Rica. He is passionate about culture, working with people and outdoor activities. He is very familiar with Costa Rica, and because of that he has worked in tourism for many years and in different companies, such as hotels and travel agencies. He currently has been with the Group’s Department of CPI for over a year Diego: Diego Najarro loves travel, volunteering, languages and  learning about other cultures and it is no surprise that he is interested in pursuing a degree in international relations. Diego is experienced both as a CPI group assistant and CPI summer group volunteer program coordinator.
Justin Morgan  is from Trinity, Alabama.  He is a graduate student at the University of Alabama.  His true love of the Spanish language and Latin culture has led him to focus on Second Language Acquisition and Dialectology.  He has been with CPI for an extended period, and was a student at CPI with the University of North Alabama study abroad group.  Justin has worked with groups such as: New Mexico State University, Georgia Southern University, Duke University, West Coast Connections, and many more.

Kathy Rockwell was born and raised in Costa Rica. Her parents are originally from the United States and were the original Quakers that settled the Monteverde area in 1951. She lives in Monteverde, has two daughters, four dogs, and a horse. She loves to meet new people, cook, talk, read, and travel, among other things. Kathy has extensive experience working with student groups and traveling Costa Rica.

Katie Bedrich is from from Chicago, IL and is currently finishing her Bachelor of Arts Communications for journalism and Spanish at the University of Alabama. She has always had a passion for traveling and studying Latin American culture, which led her to join the CPI team last year. She enjoys writing, new foods, nature, and working with people. Katie has worked with groups such as Aurora University, New Mexico State University, Arkansas State University, West Coast Connections, St. Francis University, and more. Emily Penn is from Atlanta, Georgia. She is a graduate of the Georgia Southern University. She has always enjoyed working with others, especially internationally. This has driven her to pursue a Master's degree in Industrial Relations at West Virginia University. She first studied abroad at CPI through Georgia Southern University. She is now a group assistant at CPI.
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